England slump as India strike back in final session

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England opener Keaton Jennings has laughed off suggestions an unsuspecting bird cost him his wicket on day one of the first Test against India at Edgbaston. While trying to steal a double run, Virat Kohli found him just short of the crease.

India would have ended with far less if it wasn't for Kohli withstanding a thorough examination of his skill and temperament.

Joe Root's run out by opposing captain Virat Kohli sparked an England collapse against India on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday and may well have set the tone for the series after the tourists' skipper gave him a colourful and controversial send-off. Ashwin is on brink of another five-wicket haul.

After quickly taking England's last wicket to dismiss the hosts for 287, India slumped from 50-0 to 59-3 as Curran trapped Murali Vijay for 22 then saw Lokesh Rahul on 4 drag a shot onto his stumps two balls later.

At lunch, England were 83 for one. But Malan put down the chances, and Kohli made the majority. Sam Curran stays unbeaten for 67-ball 24* with James Anderson at the opposite end.

Sam Curran was the first English left-arm seamer to take four wickets in a Test innings for 10 years, stretching back to Ryan Sidebottom against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2008.

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Despite losing partners at regular intervals, Kohli's determination did not waver. There were many unplayable balls inbetween, but Kohli did not play a shot in anger, underlining his intention to bat as long as possible.

India got back in the game as soon as the partnership broke with an outstanding throw from Indian skipper Virat Kohli to run Root out.

Jennings was bowled by Mohammed Shami on the very next delivery, the batsman unfortunate to see the ball trickle onto the stumps after ricocheting off his body.

India opened with Shami, and in a surprise move, R Ashwin, hoping the offspinner could do what he did early in England's first innings.

It was only now that Kohli stood up to dominate the bowlers. He did exactly that.

Only Cook (13) fell in the first session of the day, his front-foot defense defeated by a flawless off-break from Ashwin as he was clean bowled in the seventh over.

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